Lit. “The bright one.” The animal upon which Muhammad is said to have performed the nocturnal journey called Miraj. He was a white animal, between the size of a mule and an ass, having two wings. (Majma’u ‘l-Bihar, p. 89.) Muhammad’s conception of this mysterious animal is not unlike the Assyrian gryphon, of which Mr. Layard gives a sketch. [MI’RAJ.]
THE ASSYRIAN GRYPHON (Layard ii. 459).
Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam